Arming yourself with the right foundation is an important consideration in any make-up routine. As the base of your look, it can quickly help take you from off-duty to full glam, and while we love the latter from time to time, a lightweight foundation is essential to have in your kit. Why you ask? Well, for days where the sun is beating down or you want to tap into the clean girl aesthetic, a light foundation can be your saving grace. Plus, the beauty of a lightweight foundation lies in its versatility, which allows you to build coverage without compromising a natural-looking finish.
Finding a foundation is always a difficult task. Depending on your skincare needs you may need to try several options. If a radiant, second-skin finish is what you're after, you'll want a glow-giving luminous foundation, and if you have acne-prone skin, you'll need a formula that protects and repairs.
The Best Lightweight Foundations To Buy: Our Shortlist
Best overall lightweight foundation: NARS Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation
Best budget-friendly option: Maybelline Super Stay up to 24H Skin Tint Foundation + Vitamin C
Best lightweight foundation for sensitive skin: IT Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50
Best for coverage: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF50
Sometimes less really is more, so whether you're a make-up enthusiast or someone who prefers a minimalist approach, the allure of a lightweight foundation is undeniable. From cult classics to affordable high street buys, shop our full edit of the best lightweight foundations below.
Shop: The Best Lightweight Foundations 2023
An expert and beauty editor-approved sheer to medium-coverage foundation with a glowy, satin finish.
- No pump
An ultra-thin, breathable skin tint that evens out the skin’s appearance and won't cover up your
- Cruelty free
- 12 shades
A buildable light to medium foundation perfect for a no make-up make-up look.
- Instant, blurring skin tint in 25 flexible shades
- Smooth texture that layers well with primer and skincare
- Reviews say its hard to build to medium coverage
A much-loved foundation, heaven sent for those who are after something natural-looking that feels
- Vegan free
- 30 shades
- Reviews say packaging isn't the best
A lightweight foundation infused with vitamin C, for a luminous skin-like finish.
- Feels like you have nothing on
- Long lasting
- Vitamin C
'Your skin but better' – a hydrating, full-coverage CC cream teamed with SPF50 that evens skin tone.
- Colour Corrector
- Poor minimising
- Not fragranced some aren't a fan of the smell
Just like a moisturiser this foundation can be applied with fingers. It works to reduce the
- SPF 20